My Plan for Memorizing the Book of Jonah

Last time I invited you to join me in memorizing Jonah. If you haven’t registered already it’s not too late. Today I’m sharing how I plan to memorize the book of Jonah. Feel free to use it to help you memorize Jonah, too. Or if you are a home school mom, like me, you could use this plan to lead your kids to memorize Jonah with you over the school year. I love reciting my verses to my daughter and listening to her recite her Awana verses to me. Hopefully as she sees me learn and recite my verses each week, she will see that memorizing Scripture is not just a “kid thing” but something that is well worth continuing all throughout life.
 
How I Know Memorizing the Book of Jonah is Possible!
If you don’t have a good memory, don’t let that keep you from memorizing Scripture. If you truly have a desire to memorize Jonah, or any portion of Scripture, God will surely honor that desire, and fully equip you with the ability to not only memorize all of it, but to lock it in your brain for the rest of your life. Trust Him. You can do this! If you ever doubt your ability to memorize Scripture, or finish a memory challenge let these two verses encourage you and help you take those thoughts captive and bring them into obedience to Christ:
1. I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13

2. With man this is impossible, but not with God. With God ALL THINGS are possible! (Matthew 19:26)





Both these verses prove that you can memorize Scripture, even all of Jonah, regardless of your memory. For more great reasons to join us in memorizing Scripture, check out 10 reasons why I memorize ScriptureJohn Piper’s 6 Great Reason’s to Memorize Scripture, as well as the benefits of memorizing passages over individual verses. So if you desire to join me in memorizing Jonah, I encourage you to head over to Scripture Memory Fellowship and register for the Jonah memory challenge. After that grab your favorite Bible translation to memorize from and join in the fun!  
What Works For Me 
The easiest way I’ve found to memorize a chunk of Scripture is by reading it aloud, all the way through, each day. Reading aloud the book of Jonah with expression each morning quickly equips me to:
  • Grasp the book of Jonah as a whole. Like when flying over a city and seeing the big picture, when I read the book of Jonah out loud in one sitting, I am able to easily see the big picture.
  • Grow increasingly familiar with not only the Jonah verses I’ve memorized so far, but also the verses in Jonah I’ll be memorizing in the weeks to come.
  • Recognize repeated words and phrases throughout each chapter. 

Additionally, since I memorize from the NKJV, I daily use the Word of Promise app on my phone to listen to Jonah as I read along (for both auditory and visual learning). However, when I’m busily cleaning my house, cooking, cleaning, ironing, doing yard work outside, or running errands in the car I can listen through Jonah.  

How Much I Plan to Practice
When I was in high school and I had a test coming up, I would study until I got it right. Now looking back, I can see I was doing the bare minimum in preparing for a test. Because God’s Word is life-changing I do not study my memory verses until I finally get it right. Instead, I practice until I can’t get it wrong. After much practice, I experience the joy of going from being familiar with the book of Jonah to actually knowing exactly what says.
How I Plan to memorize the book of Jonah
Below you'll find my schedule for memorizing Jonah as well as the daily practices I'll be doing each week to hide Jonah in my heart. If the Lord is leading you to memorize Jonah, feel free to print the PDF version of my schedule for memorizing Jonah.

Week
Dates
Verses to Memorize
Daily Memorization Plan
1
August 26-September 2
Jonah 1:1-3
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah out with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-3 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)
2
September 3-9
Jonah 1:4-5
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-5 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)
3
September10-16
Jonah 1:6-8
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-8 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)
4
September 17-23
Jonah 1:9-11
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-11 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)
5
September 24-30
Jonah 1:12-14
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-14 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)

6
October 1-7
Jonah 1:15-17
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-17 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)




7
October 8-14
Jonah 2:1-3
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-2:3 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)
8
October 15-21
Jonah 2:4-6
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-2:6 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)
9
October 22-28
Jonah 2:7-10
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-2:10 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)
10
October 29-November 4
Jonah 3:1-4
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-3:4 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)
11
November 5-11
Jonah 3:5-7
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-3:7 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)




12
November 12-18
Jonah 3:8-10
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-3:10 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)
13
November 19-25
Jonah 4:1-4
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-4:4 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)
14
November 26-December 2
Jonah 4:5-6
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-4:6 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)
15
December 3-9
Jonah 4:7-9
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-4:9 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)
16
December 10-16
Jonah 4:10-11
1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-4:11(at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)




17
December 17-23

1. Read aloud all four short chapters of Jonah with expression (Just takes minutes)
2. Use SMF app to play Hide and Reveal to quiz your accuracy on reciting this weeks verses.
3. Recite Jonah 1:1-4:11 (at least 5 times)
4. Listen through the book of Jonah on phone using The Word of Promise App (NKJV)
4. At the end of the week begin review program. Recite Jonah 1:1-4:11 once through every day for the next 100 days (during downtime—i.e. In the car, in the shower, while folding laundry, etc.)

Questions for you: What do you find most helpful when memorizing Scripture? What would you add to my plan? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Join Me in Memorizing Jonah!

While I’ve been blessed to have memorized various Psalms with others over the years, I’ve always wanted to memorize an entire book of the Bible. Though I attempted to memorize Philippians on my own, I found for me, I don’t stick to memorizing a book long enough without the fun and encouragement of memorizing with others. (I lost steam a little into Philippians chapter 2.) Still God's Word never returns void and what I did memorize I trust the Lord will use powerfully in my life, even though I never finished. Now I know memorizing with others energizes me to memorize and stick with it to the end like nothing else does. So if you are like me and are energized and encouraged to memorize an entire passage with others, or you just like the sound of memorizing God’s Word with others, I encourage you to join me in memorizing Jonah from now to before Christmas.


I first read about memorizing Jonah from an email from Scripture Memory Fellowship. It is a great ministry that leads people through memorizing various portions of God’s Word. Scripture Memory Fellowship program for memorizing Jonah is designed to both equip and encourage you from memorizing Jonah’s first verse to its last verse by offering the following:



Besides the helpful info on memorizing scripture at the beginning, each week includes a page for you to write out your memory verses for that week followed by a page featuring three study questions. Take a peek into the Memory Journal.

The Basic Enrollment is free and their website says it includes a PDF. I believe that PDF is the 48 page PDF you can print out , hole punch, and put in a binder. 48 pages to print is a lot and especially if you print in full color (like the cover and weekly pages designed for writing out your verses for the week. The artwork is very colorful and beautiful. To save me the task of printing out this journal, I signed up for the Full Enrollment which costs $10, but besides getting a bound journal from them in the mail, I also get Unlimited SMF app access. Having explored this app, I feel the Journal plus the app is well worth the price of $10.



I love this app! Besides having the Jonah memory verses in several great translations, there are tabs where I can read commentary on my verses for that week, which helps me better understand the verses. One of my favorite features is the ability to hide and reveal lines from my week’s verses. This is so helpful for me! I like to hide all the lines of Scripture and see if I can say the verses without seeing them. Then I reveal one line at a time, practicing to say it. If I can say it easily I try to say the next line. If I don’t say it right, I hide that line again and keep practicing it until I can say it easily without hesitation (from trying to remember the verse.) Then when I can say my memory verses for that week I check the memorized button and it congratulates me and tells me the points I earned for memorizing those verse. Additionally it tracks my progress in memorizing the book of Jonah showing me how far I’ve come which is also encouraging.

Rewards



As if having the treasure trove of wisdom and life lessons from the book of Jonah hidden in my heart isn’t already a fabulous reward itself, for those who choose the Full Enrollment of memorizing Jonah, Scripture Memory Fellowship will offer rewards to pick from when you finish memorizing the book of Jonah!

Jonah Facebook Group


The Jonah Facebook Group has proven to be both informative and encouraging. I’ve loved the various videos that Scripture Memory Fellowship has posted as well as people reciting their verses for the week. In addition, SMF posts challenges to encourage people to post a video of them reciting their verses. Last week I won a $5 Chick-Fil-A gift card from doing just that! Woo hoo!

Memorizing Jonah will be easier than you think

I know memorizing an entire book of the Bible sounds overwhelming, and 48 verses sounds like a lot. However, Scripture Memory Fellowship has done a great job of breaking it down into totally doable weekly challenges. Like I said, I’ve memorized various Psalms and a couple chapters of Isaiah. However I really believe memorizing Jonah will be even easier, though there are more verses. Why? Because it is a true story with a very logical flow of thought. Having never memorized a Bible story, I am now very pumped up to memorize many more stories from the Bible after I finish memorize Jonah!

How I memorized Jonah 1:1-3

Memorizing the first three verse of Jonah is surprisingly easy because it’s telling a story that happened.  Here’s how I did it.

1. I read though the verses looking for any theme, patterns or lists that would make memorizing it easier. Here’s what I noticed:

Verse 1    Tells that God reached out to Jonah as well as Jonah’s father’s name.

Verse 2     Says the exact instructions God spoke to Jonah when God called him to go to Nineveh.

Verse 3     Describes how Jonah responded to God’s call to go to Nineveh.

As far as patterns, I noticed in verse three, “from the presence of the Lord” is mentioned in the first and last parts of the verse greatly emphasizing that Jonah didn’t just to go to Tarshish. He actually went out of his way, fleeing “from the presence of the LORD.”

2. I read up about my verses for greater understanding.

In my observations of Jonah 1:3, I noticed Tarshish is mentioned three times. That didn’t  mean much to me at first glance, however I wondered why Tarshish was mentioned three times in one verse. I’ve found over the years when God’s Word repeats a particular word, phrase, etc. it is for emphasis. It’s God’s way of saying to us, “Listen up. I don’t want you to miss this.” So when I read the Lesson 1 email from SMF finally understood why Tarshish was mentioned so much. As it turns out Jonah really went out of his way to go to Tarshish both figuratively and quite literally.

According to Dakota Lynch, when God called Jonah to go to Nineveh, it was only 550 miles from where he was. However, Tarshish was 2, 500 miles away! Had Jonah obeyed God, he would have only had to travel the distance from New York City to upper Maine to evangelize. Instead, Jonah went out of his way to go to Tarshish, which is the equivalent of traveling from New York City to Southern California, which was far more challenging, exhausting, and even dangerous compared to if we were to travel from New York City to Southern California today.

3. I used the Hide and Reveal features of the SMF app to learn my verses and later quiz myself as I practiced to recite my verses. When I feel I know my verses, I ask my daughter to check my accuracy by reading along as I say my verses to her. (I do the same for her to help her with her accuracy with her Awana verses before she goes to Awanas to say her verses to her leader.) 😃

4. I listened to Jonah from my absolute favorite dramatic audio bible app, The Word of Promise (NKJV)

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 I try to listen through the entire book of Jonah once through each day over the course of the week to get me very familiar with the book as a whole. This way I see the chapter themes and events clearer and can even begin to remember what's coming next.

None of the steps I take in memorizing scripture takes a lot of time. It takes me about 20 minutes tops to familiarize myself with my verses and practice saying them, I often will listen to my verses in the morning while I brush my teeth, style my hair, and put on my make up. Additionally I might listen through the book of Jonah in the car while I run errands or with my earbuds while i do housework or yard work.

Join me in Memorizing Jonah!

I hope you’ll join me in memorizing Jonah! Though at Christmas we’ll be busy making or buying gifts for our loved ones, what a gift we’ll enjoy when we have finally completely memorizing the entire book of Jonah!

In a few days I’ll post my plan for memorizing Jonah. I share my Scripture Memory Habits, my memorizing Jonah weekly tracker, as well as my go-to resources that I make the process of memorizing Scripture easier and enriching. I hope you’ll join me!

Question for you: What thoughts, feelings, or tips do you have about memorizing a book of the Bible? Do you have any plans for memorizing Scripture?

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The Best Thing I've Seen All Week!


This video by Pricilla Shirer has so blessed my heart! Watch and be encouraged! You might recognize her from the awesome movie, War Room. For more faith-boosting encouragement, check out these great books by Pricilla.

Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer

After her great performance in the movie War Room, Pricilla wrote Fervent to minister to the real lives of today’s women, addressing the topics that affect them most: renewing their passion, refocusing their identity, negotiating family strife, dealing with relentless regrets, navigating impossible schedules, succeeding against temptation, weathering their worst fears, uprooting bitterness, and more. 

Each chapter exposes Satans’s cruel, crafty intentions in all kinds of these areas, then equips and encourages you to write out your own personalized prayer strategies on tear-out sheets you can post and pray over yourself and your loved ones on a regular basis.

Fervent is a hands-on, knees-down, don’t-give-up action guide to practical, purposeful praying.

The Resolution for Women

Written in partnership with the Christian film, Courageous, in The Resolution for Women, Priscilla Shirer challenges all women to be intentional about embracing and thriving in God’s beautiful and eternal calling on their lives.

Like the men in the movie who resolve to fully accept their responsibilities before God, Shirer explains how today's women can and should live out their own resolution. It is "a defining banner that hangs over your life, written in the ink of your own choices." A woman's banner should be an accurate reflection of who she desires to be--someone completely Christ-centered who blesses and changes things in her world for the better.
 
Question for you: What encouraged you most from the video? 

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5 Benefits of Memorizing Scripture

 If you need some encouragement to start memorizing Scripture, or you are in the middle of a memory project and need a motivating reminder to encourage you to keep going, check out my latest article at The Life, 5 Benefits of Memorizing Scripture.

The Life

 Questions for you: Which benefit encourages you the most? If you memorize Scripture, what benefits have you experienced from memorizing? 

The Awesome Blessing of Being Hemmed in By God's Love


You hem me in, behind and before… Psalm 139:5 


What It Means To Be Hemmed In By God's Love


Photo Credit by Boys and Bunting

When God hem’s us in it is literally to be surrounded by the Lord, our fortress and our defense.

Photo Credit Sharon Hinck  

“As though we were caught in an ambush, or besieged by an army which has wholly 
beleaguered the city walls, we are surrounded by the Lord. God has set us where we be, 
and beset us wherever we be. Behind us there is God recording our sins, or in grace 
blotting out the remembrance of them; and before us there is God foreknowing all our deeds, and providing for all our wants.” 
Spurgeon, The Treasury of David


"Our lives are totally encompassed by God. He’s got you surrounded. There are no openings for anything to come through to you that is not a part of the ultimate  purpose and will of God. This is what it means when God says He will keep you form all evil."


"I look back and I see the hand of God on my life. I look ahead and I see God's plan. And right now I feel the hand of God upon me. You see, I'm surrounded. My past, present, and my future is all wrapped up with God. "You've beset me behind and before, and Your hand is upon me."           

Question for you: What peace do you have knowing that, if you've confessed Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you are hemmed in by God's love?

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